We have a navy blue dining room and it is officially open for eating! I know nobody likes dining rooms these days – but I think we might like having ours. It only took us 16 months after move in day!
Our Navy Blue Dining Room
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When our builder mentioned dining rooms were becoming less common, I still wanted to go for it. In an open floor plan, I was concerned our family of 6 would like a separate spot. I am hoping this dining room can be a space for a quiet(er) place to eat lunch or take a phone call, birthday dinners and of course holiday dinners with family.
Time will tell if we use it as much as we hope to.
Obviously, the light fixture is the showpiece in the room! Yes this guy is a splurge but he is the FIRST thing everyone comments on. The brass detailing is so unique.
Coming Along… A Navy Blue Dining Room But Still A Before
This is 6 weeks ago…
Here we are living with our navy dining room, but far from finished! This navy blue grasscloth wallpaper gave it a beautiful start. It sat like this for many months.
(Considering grasscloth wallpaper? Read my experience with grasscoth wallpaper).
My overall goal was for everything to be pretty for your eyeballs, but practical for ‘dem kids! Because it is a dark navy blue dining room, I also wanted to incorporate lots of white to let the light bounce around.
How Our Navy Dining Room Came Together
The Farmhouse Table
I started my plan around the dining room table. We looked for a table that could take a beating and not be too precious. This table was found at Pier 1 and it is SUCH a good price!!! I have never shopped there before- to be honest I was worried it would look cheap with such a good price tag, but it’s truly a beautiful table. The wood doesn’t have that rough feel- it’s smooth and a great color. This is the 84″ Bradding table in the Stonewashed Natural.
(You can read my 1 year review of the Bradding table here!)
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To elevate the room while still keeping it casual, we used the rattan arm chairs from Serena & Lily for our end chairs, with a tailored cushion in a high performance fabric (wipable! washable!). I love that the brass end caps on the bottom tie into the chandelier in this room. They are pleasantly comfortable – they would make a good desk chair too.
After choosing such pretty end chairs, we wanted our kids’ chairs to contrast but have the same vibe. These wooden white Bentwood chairs are wood and lightweight so the kids can pull them out for themselves. Amazon, of ALL the places! You want to pick wood over metal to keep the authentic feel.
Grounding the Space
Rugs in eating areas… such a topic. With the dark navy blue walls, I wanted a lighter rug for the floor. We choose an outdoor Welfleet Rug and I’m hoping it holds up well to our every day messes. It feels durable! A few dinners throughout the month should be fine.
But to be honest, if it’s a holiday feast and my whole family is eating here including our little baby cousins, I’m rolling up this rug. And that’s ok. Because it will be admired 364 other days of the year– so I encourage you to find a rug you like in your dining room! No shame in rolling it up for a feast.
On Instagram I shared with you all this Serena and Lily outdoor party bar with ice bins we found on cragislist. I put it under their Bar Harbor Bone Inlay Mirror. You can read more about the bar discovery here. I love the woven texture on the side!
The artwork is the first thing you see in the room off the front door, and the colors are muted and lovely. It is SO big you guys, it replaces the need for anything else on that wall.
The Oyster print was found locally in Durham at Chet Miller, but you can also purchase it directly from Rifle Paper Company.
Other Design Elements
I was holding my breath to see if the Wesley Sideboard would arrive in time, and it came this week! It’s amazing how high end furniture looks and smells! The scale is just right, as it is centered under the double sconce and able to hold the (very large) aged brass lamp, the nautical flag I framed, and my massive tall vase of green vines.
Our Entry Right Off The Dining Room:
And lastly, y’all I am so impressed with Tonic Living. They overdelivered on this custom cushion for our entry bench. Tonic Living helped me pick out this high performance fabric specifically for kids with dirty summertime bare feet – it withstands all kinds of stains (even permanent marker they say??). It has a zipper because you can wash it. If you have a bench you want a cushion made for, they were easy to get a quote from online.
Get The Entry Look:
In conclusion, my biggest takeaway is don’t start without a plan. A design plan and a visual moodboard – not even a fancy one – will be your biggest deciding factor in whether your end result is what you envisioned.
Shop The Dining Room:
Shop white bentwood chairs here!
See the before and afters of the grasscloth wallpaper here:
Read through all of my progress here:
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Thanks for the encouragement and organization from the One Room Challenge, and it’s media partner Better Homes & Gardens.